This Annapurna Base Camp trek is one of the popular treks after Everest Base Camp for the trekkers who come to Nepal. This trek is a minimized version of Annapurna circuit trek. It requires only 7-8 days to complete. So, if you have only few days to spend and would like to explore the nature and mountains, then this Annapurna base camp trek would be an option. The itineraries are designed in such a way that you will explore around the deep forest and the majestic massive mountains in just few days. Annapurna range, Gangapurna mountain, Fishtail mountains, Himchuli, etc. and other mountains can be seen during this trek. You will be trekking inside the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) where both natural as well as cultural resources are well protected. This will be beneficial for the people living in this area – both for the present and future generations to come. To inter in this ACAP region, you will need to get a permit and Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) card. This will help to record and trace the number of visitors in this area.
The highest point you will be trekking is the Annapurna base camp itself which is at an altitude of 4130 m. It is a moderate trek, where you will be walking easily for about 5-6 hours a day. You will be staying at the local teahouse or guesthouse during the entire trek day where they will serve you locally grown foods as well as some western dishes. During the trek, you will pass through different village of Gurung community – most popular being Ghandruk and Chomrong. Along with that, you will be trekking through the dense forest of different vegetation like rhododendron, oaks, pines, bamboo, etc. The best season to trek in this region is during March to May and September to November. During winter and rainy season, it will be difficult to trek, but it is still doable, but it is highly recommended to do this trek in the season.
This trek basically starts from drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara and then from Pokhara to Nayapul. There are actually two routes to do this trek – one is from Pothana, Phedi, Landruk, Jhinu Danda, Chomrong, Dovan, Macchapuchre Base Camp and then finally to Annapurna Base Camp. This is a shorter route which will take about 7 days to complete. Another one is from Tikhedhunga, Poon Hill, Tadapani, Chomrong, Dovan, Macchapuchre Base Camp and to Annapurna Base Camp. This is a longer route where you will be trekking along the Poon Hill. Poon Hill offers a magnificent sunrise view. So if you have few more days to spare, you can choose this route. You can also dip in a natural hot spring in Jhinu Danda and relax your tired muscles.
In just 4 days, you will be trekking from an altitude of 1010 m Nayapul to 4130 m Annapurna Base Camp. During this you will see change in landscapes, vegetation and climate in this region.
Duration: 14 days
Max Altitude: 4230 m
Cost: US$ 750.00 Per person
Activity: Tour, Trekking
Starting Point: Kathmandu
Ending Point: Kathmandu
Welcome to Kathmandu, the capital city of the Himalayan kingdom of Nepal.You will be met on airport and transferred to your hotel. After the arrival, the group will be formally introduced to Guide for the activities over the next few days. One should pay attention in particular to the safety aspects of the briefing. Any questions or doubts should be asked and clarified at this time. We check your insurance details and other requirement for your trekking.
After breakfast, we start an interesting tour around Kathmandu. Escorting by an English speaking guide (can be provide any language speaking guide on request) be, try to give them a full taste of our vivid culture image and an enchanting manner of its people. In our sightseeing tour we go to Monkey temple Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath and Kathmandu Durbar square. Durbar Square: -This complex of palaces, courtyards and temples, built between the 12th and 18th centuries, used to be the seat of the ancient Malla kings of Kathmandu. An intriguing piece here is the 17th century stone inscription set into the wall of the palace with writings in 15 languages. The Durbar square, protected as an UNESCO world Heritage site, is the social, religious and urban focal point of the city. There are also museums inside the palace building. There is an entrance fee of Rs.250 for foreign visitors. Your ticket to the Square entitles you to visit all the museums. Swayambhunath, 6.5 kilometers west of Kathmandu, situated on a hillock, this 2000 years old Stupa is the world’s most glorious Buddhist shrine and is surrounded by several small pagodas. The main temple is capped by a pinnacle of copper gilt and is painted on the four sides with all seeing eyes of Lord Buddha. Pashupatinath, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is the holiest and most famous Nepalese temple. Situated 5 kilometers northeast of Kathmandu on the bank of the sacred Bagmati River, it is an impressive pagoda style structure with gilt roof and richly carved silver doors. It has bathing and cremation ghats, which are of absorbing interest to the tourist, particularly in the mornings and on festival days.
Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (914m.) which takes about six hours. You depart for the six hours drive to Pokhara (915m,), 200 kilometers west of Kathmandu. As you climb out of the Kathmandu valley, only to quickly descend again to the Trisuli River, you follow upstream to its junction with the Marsyangdi River. You follow the Marsyandi gently up through heavily terraced fields and small hill towns to the Seti River that takes you directly into Pokhara. Having pleasant weather, Pokhara is tourist’s paradise with full of natural as well as cultural heritage sites such as lakes, caves, temples of Buddhist and Hindus along with mountains. You can observe views to the north across the hills and Phewa Tal (lake) to the white peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. This drive will take most of the morning, leaving much of the afternoon to fall in love with its beauty.
Drive from Pokhara (915 m.) to Phedi (1130 m.) and trek from Phedi to Pothana which takes about five hours. From here you begin your trek to Pothana (1900m.). The trail ascends all the way to Pothana through forests till you reach the village called Dhampus. It is a Gurung village which gives you an opportunity to look at the magnificent views of Annapurna ranges, Lamjung Himal and Manaslu. The ascent trail follows to Pothana through the forests. This is a small village which is surrounded by forests having marvelous mountain views.
Trek from Pothana to Chhomrong (2040 m.)which takes about six and half hours. While trekking from Pothana to Chhomrong the trail ascends gently to Deurali and begins to descend upto Bherikharka through forests. Now you follow flat path till you reach Landruk village. The path you follow till Landruk is really exhilarating as you pass through many local villages rich in culture, terrace fields and numerous green hills. From here the trail descends to Modi khola (stream) and ascends all the way to Chhomrong.Village via Jhinudanda where there is a hot spring. Chhomrong is a big Gurung village. From this village you could see good views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Fishtail.
Trek from Chhomrong to Bamboo (2340m.) and it takes about five hours. Leaving Chhomrong, the trail descends on a stone staircase and crosses the Chhomrong Khola on a swaying suspension bridge, then climbs out of the side valley. High above the Modi Khola on its west bank, the trail passes through the tiny settlement of Tilicho in forests of bamboo, rhododendron and oak. Climbing further on a rocky trail (beware of the stinging nettles) you reach three hotels at Sinuwa, at 2350m. Climb in rhododendron forests to Kuldi, at 2520m. This was once a British sheep breeding project; now the stone houses are an ACAP visitor centre and check post. In winter, it’s common to find snow anywhere from this point on. Descend a long, steep stone staircase into deep bamboo and rhododendron forests. It is then a short distance on a muddy trail to Bamboo Lodge (2340 m).
Trek from Bamboo to Deurali (3230m.) which takes about five hours. You trek gently ascend through bamboo forests with varieties of rhododendron and oak trees. The first town you reach is Dovan (2630m.) where there are few lodges and camp sites. Now you pass through muddy trail which traverses high above the river. There are debris of avalanches except during winter season. After short trek, you reach at Himalayan Hotel (2900m.), the town named after the Himalayan Hotel. Beyond it , the trail is steeply ascent up to Hinko Cave (3160m.), this named as a huge overhanging rock provides some protection against rain and avalanches. It takes approximately twenty minutes through normally ascent path to reach Deorali (3230 m).
Trek from Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (4170 m.) via Machhapuchhare Base Camp (3820m.) and it takes about four hours. From here, the valley widens and becomes less steep and you can see the gates to the sanctuary. The trail is less steep. As the trail continues into the sanctuary, it crosses two avalanche tracks on a narrow trail that hurdles up against the cliffs. After short trek you will be at Bagar (3310m.), a meadow and some abandoned hotels. The normal trail follows the left side of the valley. Now the trail appears gently ascent until you reach Machhapuchhare Base Camp (3820m.). Here you find almost 6 to 7 lodges. This is one of the places, where you can enjoy the view of Mount Hiunchuli (6441m.), Annapurna South (7229m.), Annapurna I (8091m.), Annapurna III (7555m.), Gangapurna (7454m.) and Machhapuchhare or Fish Tail (6997m.). The path follows through alpine meadow and after some distance your trails go gently up. After a short trek, you begin to approach Annapurna Base Camp (4170m.). From here, you can see the views of several peaks at 360 degree.
Trek from Annapurna Base Camp to Dovan (2630m.) which takes about five hours. It’s much easier going down. You should have no problem reaching Sinuwa in a single day from Annapurna Base Camp. Now you trek through Himalayan Hotel to Dovan.
Trek from Dovan to Chhomrong (2040 m.) and it takes about four hours.The path is descent up to Bamboo passing through forests with varieties of rhododendron, oaks and bamboo plants. After Bamboo, the trail goes steeply up to the Kuldi Ghar and now the trail is quite flat until you reach Sinuwa. You trek gradually descend to the Chhomrong Khola and you have to follow stone staircase for almost an hour to reach Chhomrong.
Trek from Chhomrong to Ghandruk (1940m.) which takes almost four hours. The trail stretches at flat level for early an hour passing through rhododendron forests, terraces and green scenarios. At this point, you have to go gradually down till Kimrung Khola ( Kimrung stream). Now the trail keeps on ascending steeply before you reach Kimrung Hill. Here the path goes gently descent all the way to Ghandruk village. This part is full of green scenarios, streams, terraces and so on. Ghandruk is a big Gurung village. There is a handicraft centre and Gurung museum.
Trek from Ghandruk to Nayapul via Birethanti which takes about six hours.You begin your trail following gentle flat path passing through forests, rocks and terraces. After Kimche (1638m.) the trail descends through human settlements and terraces upto Seuli Bazaar. From here, the trail moves along the bank of Modi Khola to Birethanti. En route, you pass through forests, rice terraces, waterfalls and green scenarios. Birethanti is a small town with few lodges, shops and human settlements. Now you walk for almost twenty minutes through flat path upto Nayapul (New Bridge). Here you board vehicle to drive back to Pokhara which takes approximately one and half hours
Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist mini bus that takes about seven hours. While driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu, you head up to Damauli,, Dumre, Muglin and Kurintar where the Nepal’s first Cable car is operated to reach to Manakamana Temple. En route, you could enjoy the mountain views, green sceneries, rice terrace fields, vegetable fields and people being engaged in their daily life activities. From Naubishe you climb up to Thankot, the gateway to capital city. You can also fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu which takes approximately 25 minutes.
All too soon it’s time to bid Nepal farewell and one realizes that we can never be intimate, only acquainted with this amazing adventure kingdom.
As per itinerary.
Twin Sharing accommodation in 2 Star& 4 Star in Kathmandu & Pokhara with Breakfast.
Kathmandu to Pokhara to kathmandu in Tourist Bus/Flight. Pokhara to Phedi and Nayapool to Pokhara.
All necessary Permit during sightseeing and trekking.
Escorted with English speaking guide during sightseeing and trekking. One Porter between two each two person during trek.
Accommodation and 3 meals during tea house trek.
Food, accommodation ,salary & insurance of guide and Porters.
Nepal Visa fee (US$ 40 per person for 30 days).
Airport Departure taxes/Excess baggage charges.
Lunch/Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
Medical evacuation in case of emergency.
Personal spending money. Personal gears & clothing (available on hire) Tips, any expenses of personal nature, client's insurance Items of personal nature i.e. Soft/hard drinks, Tips etc.
Expenses incurred due to mishaps, landslide, strikes, political unrest etc. In such case extra will be charged as per actual